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Con Alma Health Foundation: Multi-Year Grants

Deadline: April 3, 2017

Con Alma Health Foundation is organized to be aware of and respond to the health rights and needs of the culturally and demographically diverse peoples and communities of New Mexico. The Foundation seeks to improve the health status and access to health care services for all New Mexican communities and advocates for a health policy that addresses the health needs of all in New Mexico. The Foundation defines health broadly to include not only physical health, but also mental, emotional, behavioral, social, oral, environmental, economic, and spiritual health and well-being. This definition represents an approach to both individual and community well-being which impacts local and statewide health systems.

The Foundation’s Multi-Year grants will be awarded to support organizations to produce systemic change addressing
issues, needs, and challenges in New Mexico. The Foundation’s philanthropic purpose is to improve health and health equity through strategies that address systemic change versus direct services. However, the Foundation recognizes that many organizations providing direct services do promote systemic change through their work. Multi-year grant requests should reflect the systemic change aspects of applicants’ work rather than direct services.

The Foundation has funded, and will continue to fund “downstream” strategies such as prevention and healthcare access, but it is increasingly focusing on addressing “upstream” factors like social inequalities, power and decision-making, and neighborhood conditions, via strategies such as built environment. The target of change is the system, not the individual. Consider:

  • In systems change the target of change is the system, not the individual (while direct services the focus is on individuals, families, or small groups)
  • Systems change moves beyond individuals or individual organizations, single problems, and single solutions
  • Systems change involves thinking about systems (e.g., health care system, economic system, workforce) in order to impact a larger group, community, or society

Amount: A total of up to $200,000 per year for up to three years is available. Awards will range up to $50,000 per year for up to three years. Projects must begin January 1, 2018 and may continue through December 31, 2020. Grants will be awarded on a yearly basis contingent on availability of funds and satisfactory progress on project goals.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations and organization applying through a fiscal sponsor are eligible to apply. Activities must occur (or benefit the people) in New Mexico. Organizations must demonstrate the capacity to administer/implement a multi-year project on the required funding scale (e.g., annual organizational budget of at least $150,000, other funding sources, leadership, board support, collaboration, plan for sustainability, evaluation).

Link: http://conalma.org/grantmaking/for-grant-seekers/

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